Batman Nightwalker by Marie Lu // mysterious gang members, lovable characters but not enough action

Do you know what it feels like to have your life together?

Usually, I don’t either but ohmygod guys I’ve been so ORGANISED lately!

I scheduled/drafted most of my blog posts for March, I’m slowly but surely making my way through my study notes AND I’m reading all most of my ARCs before their release date!

And… if you hadn’t realised, I’m back before my supposed return from my hiatus!!!!!

I said I’d be back on March 6th, but I’ve scheduled posts for the next 2 weeks and this review didn’t fit anywhere inbetween those posts dgjhdfj so here it is!

The day that this goes is up is when Zoe’s 24h Readathon is taking place so I’m probably in the middle of reading my 6th book of the day rn. Jk. I’ll be fully back on Tuesday (AKA RESTORE ME RELEASE DAY) tho!

AND ONE MORE THING BEFORE YOU GO ANYWHERE:

I’m celebrating my 1-year blogiversary with a Q&A so you can ask me any and all questions here. (pls don’t let this flop)

Continue reading “Batman Nightwalker by Marie Lu // mysterious gang members, lovable characters but not enough action”

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo // FIERCE, BADASS AND SO EMPOWERING

HAPPY RELEASE DAY (at least for the US) TO WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER BY THE QUEEN LEIGH BARDUGO! My dear UK people, you’ve only got two more days one day left (August 31st) to go until this book releases so get excited!!!

Ignore that I meant to post this yesterday but I wasn’t quite finished writing the review so it’s a day late (or a day EARLY depending on how you wanna see it and whether you’re from the US or UK). I have the UK edition so let’s go with A DAY EARLY to make me feel better HEHEHEHE.

This book gave me so. many. feels. PHEW. I can’t even. Like how do I… I CAN’T FORM COHERENT THOUGHTS BECAUSE THAT BOOK WAS A MASTERPIECE.

I rambled all about my feelings for Wonder Woman: Warbringer in my VERY fangirly book mail post when I first received it in the mail so check that out because it’s fun and I need attention.

BUT NOW I ACTUALLY READ IT AND IT’S EVEN BETTER THAN I IMAGINED??????????? *dies*

Let’s hope this review will be somewhat coherent. Continue reading “Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo // FIERCE, BADASS AND SO EMPOWERING”

SOME VERY EXCITING BOOK MAIL AKA I NEED TO FANGIRL!!! // oh, i WONDER what this WOMAN is talking about?

OH HI, DID YOU MISS ME?

I’m back with another Fierce Fangirl Friday post!

Originally, I had a completely different post planned for today but there’s been a CHANGE OF PLANS BECAUSE I RECEIVED SOME SUPER EXCITING BOOK MAIL YESTERDAY AND I NEED TO TALK SCREAM ABOUT IT.

I’m not sure if I’m FULLY back from my hiatus yet but I’ll talk more about that in my next post which will either be my Wrap Up or the post I had planned for today! Continue reading “SOME VERY EXCITING BOOK MAIL AKA I NEED TO FANGIRL!!! // oh, i WONDER what this WOMAN is talking about?”

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

I admit, I didn’t want to do this tag when I’ve first seen it around but now EVERYONE is doing it and I stumbled across Mandy’s post and her answers to the questions were so on point and I could relate to so many of them so I just had to do it, too!

If you’re not following Mandy yet then you’re really missing out??? She is the queen of Disney princesses, in fact, her entire blog is filled with them! She even has her own Disney Princesses Rating System which is so cool and it amazes me every time! Go follow her blog. Right Now. Yes, I am forcing you.

(Oh by the way, I reread the Shatter Me books at the beginning of the year but I won’t be mentioning them because they’d literally be the answer to EVERY SINGLE QUESTION)

So, here we go! Continue reading “Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag”

Most Anticipated Book Releases – June + second half of 2017 (TTT crossover)

I’ve been meaning to do a Most Anticipated June Releases post but then I realised that this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic had to do with new releases as well so I thought I’d bring the two together!

This week’s TTT topic is Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017!

Top Ten Tuesday

First, I will be sharing with you the books that are being released in June that I’m most excited about!

Want by Cindy Pon

Release Date: June 13th 2017

THIS BOOK HAS AN ASIAN MC AND HE HAS A GROUP OF (DIVERSE) FRIENDS/MISFITS AND THEY PLAN TO TAKE DOWN SOME BIG BAD GUY BUT THE MC FALLS IN LOVE WITH THE DAUGHTER OF THE BIG BAD GUYS AND APPARENTLY IT IS “DRIPPING IN DIVERSITY AND DELICIOUS ROMANCE” (according to this review) AND I CAN’T WAIT TO READ IT!!!

“From critically acclaimed author Cindy Pon comes an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller, set in a near-future Taipei plagued by pollution, about a group of teens who risk everything to save their city.

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own heart?”


Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

Release Date: June 13th 2017

“Unapologetic, real, unabashedly honest, Bad Romance is probably the best break-up story I have ever read.” Apparently, this is a very heavy, tough book with themes such as suicide, emotional/physical abuse (trigger warning!) that make you think and feel. But at the same time “Heather Demetrios never lets you feel like this book is a black hole of despair. And that’s probably what kept me turning the pages until way past my bedtime.” From the reviews I’ve seen on Goodreads, this will be an incredibly eye-opening, honest and emotional book and I can’t wait for it to come out.

*click on the quotes to be directed to their source*

“Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape.

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.”


The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Release Date: June 27th 2017

I’ve seen ARCs of this book around EVERYWHERE  and I don’t know anything about it but the synopsis sounds incredible and I need to read this!!!

“An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.”


The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett

Release Date: June 1st 2017

I will have a review for The Space Between The Stars up in the next couple of days!

“In a breathtakingly vivid and emotionally gripping debut novel, one woman must confront the emptiness in the universe—and in her own heart—when a devastating virus reduces most of humanity to dust and memories.

All Jamie Allenby ever wanted was space. Even though she wasn’t forced to emigrate from Earth, she willingly left the overpopulated, claustrophobic planet. And when a long relationship devolved into silence and suffocating sadness, she found work on a frontier world on the edges of civilization. Then the virus hit…

Now Jamie finds herself dreadfully alone, with all that’s left of the dead. Until a garbled message from Earth gives her hope that someone from her past might still be alive.

Soon Jamie finds other survivors, and their ragtag group will travel through the vast reaches of space, drawn to the promise of a new beginning on Earth. But their dream will pit them against those desperately clinging to the old ways. And Jamie’s own journey home will help her close the distance between who she has become and who she is meant to be…”


Next I will be showing you the 7 books that are being released in the second half of 2017 which I’m MOST EXCITED ABOUT!!!!!

My holy grail/auto-buy/all time favorite authors are all coming out with new books this year and I am SHOOKETH!

Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi: Just look at that stunning cover and tell me you don’t want to read it. – out November 14th

Warcross by Marie Lu: Can I be honest with you… I don’t really know what this book is about (I read the synopsis ages ago) but I will read anything that Marie publishes. – out September 12th

Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo: Again, don’t really know what this is about but I’m here for kickass females and I love me some Leigh Bardugo! – out August 29th

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo: “It was only then that she saw the black-clad boy crossing the room toward her. The shadows seemed to shift as he passed, pulled along by him like a tide.” THIS HAS AT LEAST ONE STORY ABOUT THE DARKLING IN IT AND I LOVE HIM and he deserved so much better SO I NEED TO HAVE THIS – out September 26th

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody: PLEASE JUST CLICK ON THE LINK, IT’LL TAKE YOU TO GOODREADS SO YOU CAN READ THE BLURB AND ADD THIS TO YOUR TBR IN A HEARTBEAT BECAUSE THIS SOUNDS FANTASTIC – out July 25th

27 Hours by Tristina Wright: I have already talked about my excitement for this book in another post which you can find here but this is such a wonderfully queer book set in space and I. CAN’T. WAIT. – out October 3rd

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater: Don’t know much about this book either but it sounds amazing and I need to have it because that cover is gorgeous. – out October 10th

UPDATE: how could I forget about Renegades by Marissa Meyer OHHH MY GOD THAT ONE WILL BE SO GOOD (I’ll add a link and photo later lol I’m in class)


That’s it for my most anticipated releases for the month of June and the second half of 2017!

Thank you for reading!

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What are some of your most highly anticipated releases for the second half of 2017? Or for the month of June? Some of Bardugo? Some of Stiefvater? Let’s chat in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there’s a new book-related topic to answer!

This week’s topic is Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book – so basically any topic or theme or ANYTHING that will make you instantly want to pick up a book.

  • Character-driven: This is such an important aspect to me when it comes to books! I LOVE knowing a character in depth, knowing all their strengths and flaws, the Ins and Outs, just things that help make the character feel more REAL! I hate when a character is flat, dull, boring UGH it makes me lose interest in a book in 0.02 seconds!!!
  • If someone tells me a character in the story is like Warner or a relationship is like Warnette from Shatter Me… I’M SOLD!!!!!!
WARNER DRINKING
Oh hi there WARNER!!!!
  • Diversity: do I even need to explain this
  • I will most likely read anything by Tahereh Mafi or Leigh Bardugo, I trust both of them with my life!
  • Friendship: Well, not like any friendship because I mean literally EVERY book has friendship in one way or the other but more the powerful bond type of friendship where they go on adventures or missions together and they know that they can rely on each other, they trust each other and you know, they’re trying to make it through difficult situations TOGETHER! I HOPE YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN I DON’T KNOW ANY OTHER WAY TO EXPLAIN IT!!!!! (I believe the friendship that I am describing here is like the one in Six of Crows??? Again, I haven’t read it yet but I get the impression IT’S THAT KIND OF FRIENDSHIP!!!!! THE ONE THAT I LOVE SO MUCH!!!! Also Kenji and Juliette’s friendship in Shatter Me, PLEASE IT’S THE BEST! Or the Harry Potter friendships! Or the group in the Grisha trilogy; Alina, Nikolai, Zoya, Genya, the lot!!!)

  • This kind of has to do with friendship but I really like if there is a strong sibling relationship in a book! Like when you can tell that they really love and care for each other and would do anything for the other! (I don’t mean to make everything about Shatter Me (lol or DO I?!) but something that Adam and James have (I can’t stand Adam but his little brother is his #1 and I admire that) or one of my recent reads that features that is Caraval with Scarlett and Tella! Or Katniss and Prim. Alec and Isabelle. You know it.)
  • If a book is about a prince or a prince is involved somehow. It doesn’t even have to be your typical Prince Charming but there’s just something about princes that I love! Oh, and even better if said prince is similar to Nikolai Lantsov. Or generally, if someone tells me a character has similar traits like him! That boy has my heart ❤
  • Poetic/Lyrical writing: (this is the last time I’ll mention it I PROMISE) I adore Tahereh’s writing in Shatter Me! I know that it’s not for everyone but I think it’s incredible and it hits me in all the right places! I was also a big fan of the writing in Caraval! BUT the poetic writing has to be good, sometimes it’s just too over the top or dramatic and it annoys meeee!
  • If PeruseProject recommends it! She’s probably the only Booktuber I don’t have ANY problems with! She’s just so likeable and I believe she has a great taste in books!

  • Tropes I’m a fan of: enemies-to-lovers, fake-dating (mostly in fics, I don’t think I’ve ever read a fake-dating book!), THE NERDY/GEEKY TROPE (I’ve been really loving it recently especially in Geekerella! Quick shoutout to Mandy for the super adorable and nerdy recs <3)

Honorable Mention (or my #11): This is not a necessity but if a book has 4+ stars on Goodreads I am more likely to read it or at least add it to my TBR! I mean, I don’t really care about the opinions of others because I’d always like to form my own (well, I kind of do care… sometimes… but…. you know what I mean) but it’s like OH, this is cool! It must be a good book if it has such a good rating!

That’s it for my Top 10 Things that will make me instantly want to read a book! Can we say Book Turn-Ons? Is that a thing? Well, I just made it a thing 😛

Jackie x

What are some of your favourite tropes/topics/themes/anything that will make you instantly want to read a book? Are some of them on my list? Let’s chat in the comments.

April TBR + A Very ARC-ish Readathon

Hey guys! I know I’m like super late but here is my TBR for April!

Remember what I said in my March TBR about being a mood reader and never ending up reading the books I had planned to to read??????

Yeah. That’s pretty much what happened to me in March.

I only had two books on my TBR but I barely even finished one of them!

I was participating in a Buddy Read and that was pretty much my only motivation to keep on reading Jane Austen’s Emma! It’s not that I didn’t like it, I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads! It’s just that it got a little boring in the middle and I just wasn’t in the mood for it anymore. I kept reaching for other books so I almost had to force myself to read on! Never again.

I still plan on doing monthly TBR lists but I don’t think I’ll choose more than 3 books and I won’t make myself feel bad about not reading everything I had planned to!

*click on the book covers to be directed to the Goodreads page*

Six of Crows
The first book on my April TBR won’t come as a surprise to you since I KEEP TALKING ABOUT IT! It’s Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo! You’ve seen me talk about this one all month (and I’ve been whining about it to my friends for much longer) and I just can’t wait to read this already! I know for sure that I am in the mood to read this. Hell, I’ve been in the mood to read Six of Crows ever since it came out! I’m so, so, sooooo excited!

 

The Bone Season

The next book I plan to read is The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. I’ve had this book for a while and she recently came out with new covers that are absolutely beautiful! They’ve had a sample of the first chapter up for request on Netgalley and my overeager I’m-a-newbie-and-need-to-request-EVERYTHING self decided to request it. Huh???? Why did I request it? I literally own the book. I’ve had it for months. Like, what? Where’s the logic? But I guess that gives me a good excuse to finally start reading the series! 😀

Persuasion

 

If you’ve read my March TBR post you might remember that I mentioned putting one classic a month on my TBR list because I own so many and barely read any of them. For this month I wanted to choose something short because Emma has just been a pain to get through (even if I loved it!). I decided to go with Persuasion by Jane Austen. The novel is super thin and I hope I can breeze through it quickly!

No, this is not the end of the post! 😛

The next thing I’ll be talking about is A Very Arc-ish Readathon! It is hosted by Aimal over at Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Check out her post to see how you can participate!

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Basically, the idea is to tackle the ARCs on your TBR! This is a pretty chill readathon, there are no challenges and everyone picks their own goals!

I have a lot of Netgalley ARCs waiting to be reviewed and since I’m back at university just after Easter and life will get a lot busier, I am going to try to get through most of my ARCs in April! (At least the ones that were released in March and the ones for April!) BUT I won’t pressure myself and just read whatever I’m in the mood for! I am also hoping to get to that precious 80% ratio, fingers crossed!

I won’t make a TBR for the ARCs because there’s so many and I’ll just pick whatever I’m in the mood for at the moment!

Thanks so much for reading!

Jackie x

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? And do you have a monthly TBR list or are you a mood reader like me and just don’t bother? What about those ARCs, which ones do you plan on reading this month? Let’s chat!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Authors I’d Love To Meet

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there’s a new book-related topic to answer!

This week’s topic is Top Ten Authors I’d Love To Meet!

*note: these are in no particular order except for my #1 obviously*

Tahereh MafiJ.K. Rowling

Jane AustenRainbow RowellBecky Albertalli

  1. Tahereh Mafi

God, I just really need to meet Tahereh and sit down with her in a place that is open 24/7 (so we’d have ALL DAY to talk!) and I need her to answer all of my questions regarding the love of my life; Aaron Warner. And just the Shatter Me series in general. Like, I STILL HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS!!!

  1. J. K. Rowling

This one is quite obvious and doesn’t need further explaining.

  1. Jane Austen

I’d have loved to meet Jane Austen if she was still alive! Or I’d just travel back in time to meet her if I could! I haven’t read many of her books but she is one of my favourite authors. She’s so witty and humorous and I bet it’d be loads of fun to spend a day with her!

  1. Rainbow Rowell

Ok, first of all, how cool is it that her first name is literally Rainbow! So unique! I love her writing and enjoy reading her books and I’d just like to tell her how great she is!

  1. Becky Albertalli

I haven’t read any of her books yet but I follow her on Twitter and I love her! She’s so cute and I just love reading her tweets. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is currently being made into a movie and we could chill on set and stalk Nick Robinson 😉

Stephanie GarberMarie LuLeigh Bardugo

Stephenie MeyerWalt Disney

  1. Stephanie Garber

I truly loved her debut novel Caraval, I can already say that it’s one of my favourite releases this year! Her writing is incredible and I need her to teach me how she does it! Also, I need to squeeze every bit of information about book 2 out of her!!!

  1. Marie Lu

I think Marie Lu is so sweet and kind and she seems so genuine! I’d love to chat with her about books and stuff. Please, tell me more about June and Day!

  1. Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo has easily become another one of my all time favourite authors! I truly enjoyed the Grisha trilogy and I don’t even have to read the Six of Crows duology to know just how incredible it is. And I really NEED to talk to her about Nikolai and ask all kinds of questions that I have about him! Oh, and make her write a 1000+ page novel about him, please and thank you 😀

  1. Stephenie Meyer

All I want to do is thank her for introducing me to YA! Twilight was pretty much my first contact with the YA genre and it opened this huge door for me! Bless her.

  1. Walt Disney

Last, but not least, Walt Disney! I know that, technically, he isn’t an author but I’d have loved to meet him and look into his mind and, like, observe the process of him coming up with the characters that we’ve all come to love today!

Honorable Mentions: Alice Oseman (she seems so sweet on Twitter!), Ransom Riggs (I adore him and Tahereh!), Angie Thomas (she’s just incredible)

So that’s it for my Top Ten Tuesday! I hope you enjoyed it and I can’t wait to read everyone else’s posts!

Jackie x

Who is/are your all time favourite author(s)? Which of them would you love to meet and what would you tell them? And are there any authors that you’ve already met? Let’s chat in the comments!

Mailbox Monday – March 2017

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Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Mailbox Monday. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

I’ve had quite a successful week when it comes to book mail! Let’s take a look;

(all these pictures are taken by me, if you want to use one of them I’d love it if you could ask me first, and please give credit and link back to my blog!)

ember1A friend of mine has been nagging me about Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes series for ages! I’ve been meaning to buy and read it for a looong time but I never got around to it. I keep a wishlist on Amazon and I check it every day to see if the prices of the products have changed. And, surprisingly, when I went on Amazon a couple days ago and saw that these were a little cheaper than usual I bought them immediately!

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Then we have the Six of Crows Duology, wooo! You guys know how badly I want to read them because I literally never shut up about it! I was so excited to get my hands on these and now they’re finally here! I bought the box set because it was cheaper than buying both books individually and I totally love it! Also, the covers are absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to get back into Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha universe 🙂

 

 

helpisla1Last but not least I bought Stephanie Perkins’ Isla and the Happily Ever After (yes, I know I haven’t even read Anna and the French Kiss but I will soon, okay? I promise!) and Kathryn Stockett’s The Help. I’ve seen parts of the movie a few years ago and I’ve been meaning to watch the full thing for a while now. But then I saw the book was on sale for like 2 bucks so I just had to get it!

And that’s a wrap!

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? And did you buy any new books this week? Let me know which ones in the comments below!

Jackie x

Review: Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo | (semi-) Spoiler Free

Ruin and RisingTitle: Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: YA Fantasy

Published: June 17th 2014 by Henry Holt and Company

Pages: 422

This is the third book of the Grisha trilogy and while the review doesn’t contain spoilers for Ruin and Rising, there will be some for  the first two books of the series! (There’s also a mini-spoiler for R&R but I give you a warning so don’t worry!)

(via Goodreads): “The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.”

“Don’t let me be alone.”

(I just thought I’d add that quote because it had me shook and crying for days!)

Wow, what an ending to the series! This was definitely the most emotional read for me, I literally cried 7 (!!!) times, no joke! Don’t ask me why I genuinely have no idea why Ruin and Rising made me so emotional.

Honestly, I don’t even know where to start. I loved this book SO much, it might be my favourite out of the three? Or maybe it’s Siege and Storm? Or Shadow and Bone? God, I don’t know, I really can’t choose.

What I like about Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy is that there’s almost never a dull moment and never a filler chapter. Something is always happening whether it is an action scene or a fight or an angsty scene between two characters, it’s never boring. Leigh Bardugo made sure that in all three of the Grisha books something always happens at the end of the very first chapter. It was never just an introductory chapter but there was always that little something that introduced some kind of action and made it exciting from the start. It immediately captured you and made you want to read on!

I very much liked the group and their dynamic throughout Ruin and Rising. Sure, we lose some characters along the way but the remaining people always stick together. They’re loyal, they defend each other and they are always ready to protect each other no matter what. They probably wouldn’t admit it but they’ve all developed a good friendship with each other and they share a certain trust.

There are one or two scenes where it’s just the girls all gathered together that I really loved! In Shadow and Bone we have this typical girl-against-girl fight between Alina and Zoya (a trope that we are all tired of). But their relationship with each other as well as with the other girls developed quite nicely. Even though they’ve had their differences before, they have really become good friends who like tease each other and stick together!

LIL SPOILER ALERT:

The scene where they’re all gathered in Alina’s room and try on the dresses Nikolai had delivered to her room and they tease Alina about Nikolai and the ring was so great ahhhh I loved that!

END OF SPOILER!

Nikolai is still my favourite character of the entire Grisha trilogy. God, I can’t even tell you how much I love him. Obivously, he’s not perfect but, like, UGH, I need someone like him in my life. He is so charming, kind, sarcastic and funny (and very handsome, obviously), he always says the right thing, he loves when Alina quotes him (*swoons*) and he’s always scheming. He loves his country and would do anything to keep Ravka and its people safe. Nikolai is so brilliant, like, he is an actual mastermind. And the king of my heart ♥

And, well, I still like the idea of Nikolai and Alina together. He has respected her since they first met and he never forces her into anything. He respects who she is and what she wants, he trusts her and he truly cares about her.

Mal has really evolved in the third book. He despised the court, took every chance to get away from it, he treated Alina like crap a lot of the time and undermined her and her strength and power. But he took matters into his own hands and he turned out to be a good leader of the group that everyone learned to respect and follow. I still think he is a meh character, there’s just something about him that throws me off.

By the way, can I just say that the Darkling deserved better.

Yes, he was evil and killed a lot of people but he was a good villain. He was so complex and in the end he had good intentions and he was basically just a boy who scared of being alone.

I won’t say too much about the ending of the book but I did love it. It was sweet and realistic and kind of perfect. It made me feel very nostalgic. I cried so much while reading like the last 2 chapters because I thought it was just so beautiful :’)

There were one or two things that kind of irritated me, I guess? I don’t want to spoil anything but if you’re interested I think I mentioned them in my first-reaction goodreads review.

ALSO, can we talk about that one scene like in the middle of the book for a second??? I won’t say too much but the one with the Darkling and Alina and Nikolai and Baghra, you know the one? It had me SHOOK. Literally shocked but also shaken like… wow. It was so incredibly unexpected. And great in a sense because it was so unexpected. It hurt and it was painful but I loved it? If you know what I mean? I love that Leigh Bardugo always manages to catch you off guard. You think everything is fine and BOOM she surprises you! Anyway that scene made me cry A LOT!

Yeah, a lot of crying done in this book. Thanks, Leigh Bardugo 🙂

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I think it is a perfect ending to the Grisha trilogy! Now I can’t wait to read the Six of Crows duology, woooo!

⭐⭐⭐⭐  (4 out of 5 stars)


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Jackie x